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Sudan divestment effort gains momentum [USA]

Author: Nora Boustany, Washington Post, Published on: 7 October 2006

...[M]omentum is growing at the state level for governments to divest public funds from companies, mostly foreign-based, doing business with Khartoum. In a victory for business lobbyists on Capitol Hill, lawmakers approved a Sudan sanctions bill stripped of language that would have endorsed states’ rights to pass divestment laws. The National Foreign Trade Council, representing more than 300 multinational companies, had lobbied aggressively against the provision... Already, 3M and Xerox have restricted all operations in Sudan to humanitarian work, according to [Adam Sterling, executive director of Sudan Divestment Task Force], and Royal Dutch Shell is engaging with human rights groups so as not to be perceived as complicit in atrocities.

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Related companies: 3M Shell Xerox